The twenty three year career of D5259/25109 included allocations to London Midland & Scottish Region depots.
Built: BR Derby Locomotive Works.
D5259 was new to Toton on March 25th 1964. Further transfers were:
August 1964 to Derby (16C).
Renumbered February 9th 1974.
25109 was the 312th Class 25 withdrawn.
After withdrawal 25109 was stored at Basford Hall yard until sold to Vic Berry, Leicester, moving to Humberstone Road yard on July 14th 1987, entering Vic Berry's yard on September 11th 1987 and scrapped just prior to Christmas 1987.
Works visits (records incomplete).
Noted Derby Works January & February 1970.
D5259, with D5257 made its test run to Corby on March 13th 1964.
D5259 was transfered to Derby in May.
The snag sheet for May 26th recorded:
No.2 end leading.
Speedometer to set up.
5259 was the Manchester Victoria banker (T42) on July 5th.
At about 7.30am on August 8th 5259 was noted passing Edge Hill with an up coal train (9T97).
At about 6pm on September 25th 5259 was noted passing Manchester Victoria with an up freight (9T47).
At about 9am on December 19th 25109 was noted in Miles Platting yard with a train of hoppers.
On June 24th 25109 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 4M10 00.15 Glasgow Central - Manchester Victoria vans.
The evening of July 14th found 08259, 25059, 25109, 25140, 25327, 45012, 45022, 45034 & 47151 on Exeter stabling point.
At about 6pm on August 11th 25109 was noted at Manchester Victoria with the 5M20.
The 05.07 Leeds - Manchester Victoria vans was worked by 25109 on September 10th.
On the morning of November 27th 25109 was noted at Chinley with a down limestone train.
On the morning of July 29th 25109 was stabled at York.
On July 30th 25109 was noted at Five Ways (Birmingham) with a passenger service, covering a failure?
On August 4th & 10th 25109 worked the 08.50 York - Scarborough relief (more typically a Class 31 turn.)
An Open Day at Cardiff Canton on October 1st featured over fifty locomotives, including 25055, 25109 & 25243. Later that day 25109 was noted working the 2M67 17.10 Cardiff - Crewe.
During November Cardiff would lose its allocation of Class 25s to Crewe.
On April 29th 25109 was stabled at Motherwell.
25109 received an intermediate repair at Glasgow from March - May, its last classified repair.
On June 9th very ex-works 25109 was stabled at Inverness.
Doubled headed Type 2s featured on the (Fridays only) 17.25 Glasgow Central - Stranraer and the next days 09.43 SO Blackpool - Stranraer, from Ayr. On July 18th/19th 25238 & 26032 were noted, though 25238 was replaced by 25109 on the Ayr run.
On August 24th the 08.45 Birmingham New Street - Aberystwyth and 18.10 return to Euston (as far as Wolverhampton) were hauled by 25110 & 25089.
On September 26th 25109 was stabled at Aberdeen Ferryhill.
On October 4th 25109 was at Eastfield.
On July 3rd & 6th 25109 was light engine at Edinburgh Waverley.
On the evening of July 20th 25109 was busy with the 17.12 Perth - Arbroath followed by the 18.33 to Dundee. 25109 was stabled at Inverness on July 21st.
25109 was noted light engine at Carlisle station on August 4th.
On September 24th 25109 was noted westbound at Chinley with loaded ICI limestone hopper wagons.
The early morning Warrington - Luton carflats was worked by 25109 on November 6th.
25109 continued to be a frequent performer on the Dundee/Edinburgh area services, on August 3rd it came to the assistance of 27010 somewhere near Inverkeithing on the 19.21 Dundee - Edinburgh.
On June 1st the 13.35 Perth Yard - Millerhill speedlink was noted at Markinch with 25109 towing a Class 47 and three wagons.
On August 14th 27024 derailed at the entrance to Kirkcaldy yard, 25109 was on hand with a rerailing crew to assist 27024.
The final transfer for 25109 took place in October with it leaving the Scottish Region headed for Crewe.
A gas pipe project in November brought pairs of Class 25s from Leith South to St Helens or Warrington, the trains of twenty six bolsters required banking between Garswood & Shaw Street. Noted on November 3rd were 25176 & 25078 banked by 25109. On a misty November 4th 25109 worked the 6T90 Arpley - Southport with a load of four coal wagons.
25109 was stabled at March on February 6th.
On February 26th the 16.45 Leicester - Birmingham diesel multiple unit failed at Nuneaton, substantial assistance was provided by 25109 & 25302 through to Birmingham. Further assistance was provided on March 18th to the 09.49 Norwich - Birmingham at Leicester when its locomotive, 31422 was reported low on fuel. 25109 worked through to Birmingham and came back with the 18.18 to Norwich, worked as far as Leicester where 31422 was waiting to take over.
25109 was noted at Manchester Victoria on May 3rd & 4th with parcel workings. On May 6th 25109 was noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with a lengthy train of hopper wagons. 25109 was the Manchester Victoria pilot on May 13th.
25109 was stabled at Springs Branch on June 9th.
August 27th's 13.00 Skegness - Derby required the assistance of 25109 forward from Nottingham, the diagrammed locomotive, 45142 was removed here! The photograph below shows 25109 on its return at Derby about to take the stock to Etches Park.
On August 30th 25109 was noted southbound at York with an empty coaching stock working.
25109 was noted eastbound at Manchester Victoria with a short Railfreight working on October 11th.
Pre-Christmas travellers on December 21st's 23.00 Glasgow - Euston enjoyed the delights of 25109 & 25193 from Bletchley into Euston due to engineering work requiring the power to be turned off.
On May 11th when a Huddersfield - Leeds diesel multiple unit failed at Deighton, 25109 assisting as far as Leeds.
On June 16th 25042 & 25109 worked the Carnforth - Barrow leg (& return) of an excursion from Windsor.
When a Blackpool - Ipswich charter failed at Stafford on July 9th 25109 took it forward to Nuneaton, where 47010 took over. The longest haulage for the year occured on July 14th when 25109 & 25199 made a round trip over the Cambrian, outwards from Wolverhampton, returning as far as Shrewsbury. On July 21st 25109 was stabled at Barrow in Furness.
It was back to the Lake District on August 27th when 25109 & 25205 worked from Carnforth to Ravenglass (& return) with a charter from St Pancras. A relief local working occurred on August 31st between Southport & Manchester Victoria.
On October 28th 25109 & 25226 worked three southbound engineering diversion drags between Wigan and Lostock Jct.
On November 18th 25109 was at Aintree with loaded track panels as part of an engineering possession.
On December 20th 25109 was southbound at Preston with oil tanks.
On December 28th 25109 was at Derby with the evening Manchester Piccadilly - St Pancras vans.
25109's passenger workings in 1985 were even fewer than the previous year. When 47407 failed at Shrewsbury on March 3rd on a Euston working 25109 was on hand to take the service to Wolverhampton.
On March 22nd 25109 was northbound through Crewe Station with empty coaching stock. On March 28th 25109 was on banking duty at Camp Hill.
On April 9th 25181 & 25109 worked the 6S51 06.50 Stanlow refinery - Bishopbriggs oil terminal.
On May 3rd 25109 was westbound at New Mills with a local trip working.
May 11th saw 25109 and an unidentified Class 25 pass through Grindleford light engine.
25109 & 25034 were noted eastbound through Manchester Victoria with a lengthy train of oil tanks on June 4th. 25109 was noted at Derby on June 13th. Another failure, this time on June 14th at Birmingham New Street found 25109 on the 14.25 service to Norwich, although the Class 25 was replaced at March.
25109 & 25048 were noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on July 3rd and would work the 6S75 12.55 Severn Tunnel Junction - Mossend. On July 7th 25109 was sandwiched between two brakevans which were being used to film the new station track layout. On July 17th 25109 & 25034 were noted at Hereford with short-wheelbase oil tanks. 25034 & 25109 worked the 6E81 20.17 Walton Old Junction - Haverton Hill Speedlink on July 18th. 25109 worked the four coach 15.45 Glasgow - Carlisle on July 20th, whilst three days later (23rd) a Carlisle - Newcastle diesel multiple unit failure found 25109 pressed into service. A failure the next day was again covered by 25109, assisting a diesel multiple unit forward from Haltwhistle to Carlisle.
25109 was noted at Crewe station on August 9th. 25109 was noted at Gloucester on August 14th working tank wagons. On August 15th 25109 worked a Bescot - Banbury freight.
Tyne Yard was host to two Class 25s on August 21st, 25109 took over the evening Parkeston - Mossend Speedlink whilst 25202 followed later that night with another Mossend bound service.
25109 was stabled at Haymarket on September 2nd. 25181 & 25109 worked the 06.50 Stanlow - Bishopbriggs loaded oil train on September 4th. 25109 was stabled at Polmadie on September 29th.
25109 was noted at Carlisle on October 10th. On October 25th 25109 worked the Holyhead RTZ to Humber coke covhops as far as ??, later this day 25109 worked the long distance Harwich - Glasgow between Manchester Victoria & Preston following a locomotive failure.
On November 8th 25109 & 97407 were noted eastbound at Chester with possibly the Holyhead - Manchester Red Bank empties, presumably the Class 25 had failed. On November 19th 25109 & 25064 were noted at Hereford on a Ravenscraig - Llanwern steel coils working.
On December 19th 25109 was working in the Willesden area.
On March 8th 25109 was stabled at Shrewsbury.
On March 14th 25109 was noted passing through Crewe station with a mineral train. 25109 was stabled at Llandudno Junction shed on March 15th. 25109 was noted passing through Chester General on March 17th, the freight included Tunnel Cement wagons.
25109 & 25035 were noted at Severn Tunnel Junction on April 12th & 13th. 25109 and departmental wagons were parked at Preston Dock Street on April 27th. 25109 was noted at Warrington on April 30th.
With the Class 25s having a very bleak future, they were popular choices for the enthusiast railtour market. May 5th saw F & W Railtours 'Valley Explorer' (1Z26) run from Crewe to Cardiff including a number of valley freight lines. The 450 mile round trip was handled successfully by 25109 & 25057. By this time such high passenger mileages were becoming increasingly rare for the Class 25s, and to complete the trip without a failure was quite an achievement. On May 23rd 25109 was noted at Carlisle. On May 31st 25109 was noted southbound at Derby with empty coaching stock.
25109 was noted passing through Chester on June 4th light engine. On June 11th 25109 worked the Aberystwyth - Stanlow fuel empties.
25109 was stabled at Manchester Victoria on July 7th. On July 15th 25109 & 25xxx were noted westbound through Manchester Victoria with bogie oil tankers. On July 17th 25211 & 25109 were westbound through Wakefield Kirkgate with bogie oil tankers. A grim duty for 25109 on July 21st was to haul withdrawn 47405/14/16 from Healey Mills (?) to Crewe Works, returning the next day with ex-MOD machine 40046 bound for Doncaster Works! On July 27th 25109 worked the five coach 1E29 12:52 Liverpool - Hull and surprisingly the return 1M34 19:23 Hull - Liverpool. The rail enthusiast fraternity had got the word out about the 25109's return working, the leading coach was well populated with rail enthusiasts. By July 31st 25109 was noted at Stockport on ballast duties.
On August 12th No 25109 worked the 17.39 Skipton to Leeds following the failure of the Class 108 diesel multiple unit (53970 & 54264). On August 19th 25109 was noted at Horrocksford Junction with an empty ballast train for Bamber Bridge? 25109 was stabled at Carlisle station on August 21st.
25109 was noted at Crewe on September 13th.
On September 20th 25109 was at Coleham Yard, Shrewsbury with a short engineers train.
A little off the beaten track on October 24th was 25109 working the local Whitemoor - Bury St Edmunds freight, whilst on November 15th and still on the Eastern Region 25109 was noted running light at Brigg attached to three other locomotives.
25109 spent Christmas 1986 at Bescot.
On the early morning of 16th 25109 was at Manchester Victoria handling several local jobs. The 17th saw 25109 & 25298 stabled in Manchester Victoria station. Longsight was visited late on the evening of 23rd, with 25109 at Manchester Victoria on January 24th (night-time), whilst a trip to Leeds was made on 25th in charge of the 1E28. Two days later (27th) local jobs were handled in the Newton Heath/Warrington area, eventually running light in the afternoon to Stanlow & Thornton to pick up the 6J28 oil tanks to Aberystwyth. By the 29th 25109 was back in the Chester area at least until February 1st.
February 21st & 22nd were spent around Crewe, trips including the 21st's 3K02 05.00 Crewe - Liverpool Lime Street, noted back at Crewe at mid-day on 23rd, then light engine to Chester on the evening of 24th.
The afternoon on 27th saw yet another visit to Machynlleth, also being noted there on March 1st.
By mid-day on March 11th 25109 was back at Crewe for the final time, the locomotive was quickly taken out of service and placed off the roster. On March 16th the short move was made to Basford Hall, remaining here until July 14th when 25035/57, 25109 & 25265 were towed from Crewe to Vic Berry's, Leicester. Ironically of this batch of locomotives only 25109 would be broken up, the three others escaping eventually to preservation.
Three piece miniature snow ploughs fitted: July 1979, September 1980, July 1981, April 1982, June 1985, December 1985, March 1986, April 1986, May 1986, June 1986, July 1986, December 1986, January 1987.
(With thanks to Neil Cannon for making available the TOPS reports for 1987 & Alan Baylis for the passenger workings).
Page added March 2nd 2001.